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Boris Johnson accused Saudi Arabia of abusing Islam and acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars throughout the Middle East. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson accused Saudi Arabia of abusing Islam and acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars throughout the Middle East, in remarks that flout a longst(...)

A Palestinian farmer and his son watch Israeli troops making their way through Palestinian farms during a military exercise near Jeftlik  in the Jordan valley. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Wednesday marked the 99th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, the British government pledge of support for establishing a Jewish homeland in the (...)

The foreign affairs select committee report    repeats  US president Barack Obama’s claim that France and Britain lost interest in Libya after Muammar Gadafy was overthrown. Photograph: AFP

David Cameron’s intervention in Libya was carried out with no proper intelligence analysis, drifted into an unannounced goal of regime change and shir(...)

Front, François Hollande, Jean-Marc Ayrault, John Kerry and Federica Mogherini, as well Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (2nd right, 2nd row), in Paris in a bid to revive the Middle East peace process. Photograph: Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

For the French officials who organised it, Friday’s ministerial conference on relaunching the Middle East “peace process” was nothing short of miracul(...)

Israel is concerned that international conference to try to revive peace talks that France seeks to hold in the autumn would try to dictate terms of deal. Photograph: Gali Tibbon /Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told France’s foreign minister on Sunday that Israel remained opposed to a French initiative for an internat(...)

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who preside the conference on the Israeli-Palestininian conflict in Paris on May 30th said: “The parties are further apart than ever.” Photograph:  John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

France will convene an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict attended by some 20 countries, though not by representatives from (...)

The Syrian government’s head of delegation, Bashar al-Jaafari, arriving for a meeting with UN mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday. Photograph:  Denis Balibouse/Reuters

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura has held his second meeting with the government delegation to the Syrian peace talks and begun discussions with represe(...)

Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, is so fearful of an assassin’s bomb or bullet that he lives in Riyadh and Paris. Photograph: EPA

Angered over Beirut’s failure to condemn an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and meet key Saudi political demands, Riyadh has cancelled a $4 bill(...)

Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and defence minister  Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud with Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif Photograph: AFP Photo/Inter Services Public Relations

Disappointed over the failure of Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council members to follow the lead of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain by cutting diplomat(...)

Delicate diplomacy: John Kerry with foreign ministers from Russia, Sergei Lavrov; Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir; and Turkey, Feridun Sinirlioglu. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The second round of talks on the Syrian crisis taking place in Vienna could be more positive than the initial October 30th session because the politic(...)

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